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Getting rid of limescale

Hard water can cause limescale build up on taps. Here are a few tips for getting rid of limescale.

Take a small plastic cup of vinegar, immerse the tap in the vinegar and wrap a tea towel around both cup and tap to hold it in place. For limescale build-up around the posts and other parts of a tap, soak a pad of cotton wool in your descaling liquid and wrap this firmly around the relevant parts. Leave it there for an hour or two, giving it a squeeze now and again to make sure the acid gets into all the corners and grooves. After this time, all parts of your taps should be able to be wiped clean, though you may need to scrub with a plastic scourer to loosen the more stubborn bits of scale.

Also an effective method uses a couple of lemons. Cut them in half then squeeze them gently into a bowl to gather some juice. Don’t use a lemon squeezer, as you want to make sure the fleshy parts remain intact for the next stage. Then take a lemon half and shove it on to the spout of your tap, twisting gently until it stays in place. The fibres and chambers inside the lemon should catch on the edge of the spout, preventing the lemon falling off. Now you can simply leave it to do its descaling job.

If you are experiencing problems with your water appliances and think that limescale may be the issue, you can call out one of our experienced engineers to diagnose the problem and replace the necessary. Call us at 020 7350 2511 or click here for more details.


1 How to remove limescale Accessed online 26 February 2016 http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/aug/23/how-to-remove-limescale

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